Wellness in the Workplace: Focusing on Mental Fitness

The Conference Board of Canada, August 11, 2015
Recorded Webinar
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A focus on positive mental health has the ability to increase a person's capacity for enjoyment and to better react to everyday challenges. Promoting the use of positive mental health and strength-based approaches in the workplace involves not only shifting attitudes and beliefs about people, but also reframing the way we communicate, interact and work with others. When such methods are applied, emerging issues or problems become opportunities for pursuing positive and healthy change. Promoting well-being and positive mental health can be achieved through focusing on a concept called mental fitness.

Mental fitness has been defined as a psychological state that can be achieved through the following three needs:

  1. Relatedness: Reciprocity and relationships. Our need for connection to family, peers, and other significant individuals.
  2. Competency: Recognizing and using our gifts and strengths in achieving our personal goals.
  3. Autonomy: Being active participants in making choices that affect our lives.

Maintenance of Certification
Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to .5 Category II credits towards their maintenance of certification requirement.

Webinar Highlights

During this 60-minute webinar, participants will learn about the impact of an intentional focus on mental fitness, by discussing:

  • A rationale for positive mental health approaches in the workplace
  • The Integrated Wellness Platform
  • Mental Fitness awareness and actions
  • Assessing and planning for positive mental health

About Bill

Photo of Bill MorrisonDr. Bill Morrison has advanced graduate degrees in both educational foundations and psychology, and is a fully bilingual clinical psychologist. Currently President-Elect of the NB College of Psychologists, Dr. Morrison also serves as a Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of New Brunswick. He established a provincial research centre on applied health and education in 2006, and has authored five national book publications for Health Canada on better practices for treating mental health and problem substance use concerns. In addition to his licenses as a professional educator and psychologist and his 25 years of clinical practice, Dr. Morrison has had extensive experience in the development and implementation of health and educational services for children and adults in several Canadian provinces. He has been instrumental in the design and implementation of New Brunswick’s Interdepartmental Integrated Service Delivery Initiative, and was an initial author of the Province of New Brunswick’s provincial wellness strategy.

About Patricia

Photo of Patricia PetersonDr. Patricia Peterson holds a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology from Boston University. A tenured faculty member at the University of New Brunswick, she is also Co-Executive Director of the university’s Health and Education Research Group, serving as Principal Investigator on initiatives related to program evaluation, workplace wellness and mental fitness. She is a consultant on initiatives related to integrated service delivery for children and youth with complex needs and positive psychology approaches in comprehensive school and workplace contexts. She has served on numerous provincial and national committees related to learning exceptionalities and educational psychology. Recently, Dr. Peterson has authored a book outlining comprehensive positive mental health perspectives, practices and policies for creating cultures of wellness in schools.

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